AMP Tomorrow Makers share in $1m worth of grants

The AMP Foundation's annual $1 million grants program has recognised 53 amazing Australians doing extraordinary things.

For the third year running, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund invited Australians from all walks of life, abilities and interests to share with us a goal they’re working towards that will benefit the community.

Thousands of applications rolled in from across the land, once again indicating the talent and potential that exists in our nation. 

Entrants were reviewed by a panel of AMP employees who reflect a range of professions and interests, including AMP chief executive Craig Meller. External subject matter experts and non-profit leaders also assisted in the review process.

The 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers that were selected are currently working towards a variety of goals across many fields. They include:

  • Scientists such as Peter Liddicoat, who will use his grant to help bring a new microscope to the world that could change the way materials are engineered.
  • Social innovators such as Katia Ferrar, an Adelaide academic who plans to open a pro bono, student-led physiotherapy and podiatry clinic for homeless people.
  • Entrepreneurs such as Yarrie Bangura, an inspirational young woman who wants to contribute to Australia by bringing a traditional African product to her new homeland. 
  • Creative champions like Connor O’Brien, who has developed Tomely – an Australian e-bookstore designed to support the Australian literary community. 
  • Tech innovators such as Tung Tran, a police investigator developing an app to help police gather and present crime scene evidence.

On 24 November, musicians, medical researchers, athletes and even a fashion anthropologist were also named 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers.

Once again, our recipients represented a wide range of ages—the youngest being 12-year-old Hamish Finlayson, a Townsville student who is developing an app to educate young people about autism, and 74-year-old Helen L’Orange, who wants to help elderly Australians to stay connected with the community.

To find out more about some of our AMP Tomorrow Makers, check out the video and read the short profiles of all 53 recipients on the AMP Tomorrow Fund website.

Are you a Tomorrow Maker?

If you’d like to participate in AMP’s Tomorrow Fund initiative next year, stay tuned as we announce the opening of our grants program in April 2017. Visit the AMP Tomorrow Fund website to find out more or to express your interest in applying next year.

For more news about the grants program and our 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers, as well as our past recipients, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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